A classmate who used to be called "Shirobuta" (white pig) has become "Snow White" and is now featured in gravure magazines after a few years of not seeing her. - Chapter 4
- A classmate who used to be called "Shirobuta" (white pig) has become "Snow White" and is now featured in gravure magazines after a few years of not seeing her.
- Chapter 4 - Snow White in the Sleepless Forest
Chapter 4-Snow White in the Sleepless Forest
◇◇◇ 3rd person POV ◇◇◇
“What? You finally went to Ouji-sama’s workplace?”
“W-W-Wait, Kozue! You’re too loud!”
Kirika Shirata hurriedly stopped her friend, Kozue Ibuki, from raising her voice in amazement. They were in the classroom, and there were many classmates around them, and it was not a topic that she wanted to talk about loudly.
“…Ouji-sama, what’s that?”
She glared at Ibuki, and reproached her sharply in a whisper.
“Hmm? ‘Ouji-sama,’ because he’s Snow White’s lover. Haha, I’m pretty clever, aren’t I?”
She laughed smugly and praised herself for quoting the catchphrase “Snow White Never Sleeps” that was attached to Shirata’s gravure model image.
“That… I never said he’s my lover.”
“Chill, chill. It’s better than saying his real name, so if someone hears it, they won’t know who he is.”
Indeed, Shirata thought with her arms crossed.
“Nnー well, not bad… I guess. But I think Ouji ‘sama‘ is a bit overkill.”
“Then, Ouji, Ouji-kun, or perhaps Hachiouji? We can call him whatever you want, so hurry up and tell me the rest. Does he look cool?”
Shirata shakes her head resolutely.
“Unn, Satsuki-kun has always been good-looking.”
“Uwaaaー hold on a second.I mean, you say that, but you’re calling him in his given name so boldly. Have you at least exchanged contact information yet? Or have you made plans to hang out?”
Kozue Ibuki shook her head in disbelief as Shirata answered her in silence.
“I see, so you haven’t done it yet, huh?”
“W-Well, no, I mean― Ah, look, Sensei is here! Get back in your seat, hurry up, go quickly!”
“The story’s not over yet, you hear me? You’ve got to tell me the rest later.”
Ibuki Kozue said while pointing at Shirata as she went back to her seat. Her seat was in the front row by the window.
She’s a little taller than Shirata, and she’s been playing volleyball since junior high. She has short, boyish hair and slightly tanned skin. She and Shirata have known each other since high school.
The class began after the teacher entered and finished checking the attendance―
Although the average age of subscribers of shonen manga magazines is around 30 years old, the targeted demographic is still boys, and unlike elementary and middle school students, high school students bring their magazines to school and read them on campus.
Kirika Shirata’s school was no exception to this, and neither was the weekly shonen magazine in which she appeared as a gravure.
Shirata was originally popular with boys because of her good looks and gentle personality, but her popularity grew even more when she was featured in the magazine.
“Shirata-san, I bought five copies.”
“Thank you. It would be great if you could send me a questionnaire.”
“I was really surprised when I was browsing at the convenience store and saw Shirata on the cover.”
A piercing sound of a whistle blows.
“Haーi, talking about this stuff is prohibited. Class prez, kick him out.”
“Okay. This way, please.”
“Eh? What’s the matter? Hey, Kozue.”
Ibuki and the other girl, who was called ‘Class prez,’ were in charge of dealing with the boys who were flocking to Shirata.
It can be troublesome and annoying, but it’s understandable since it’s not very common to see a female classmate featured in a magazine.
“Sensei has warned us that if we don’t follow the rules properly, we will be severely disciplined. Please make sure to consider the other person’s feelings regarding your behavior and questions.”
Among the impressions and questions, “Why not a swimsuit?” seems to be the most common one. Even so, most of the boys were more than happy to just have a chat with Shirata, or just share their impressions regarding the magazine.
“So, what did Ouji-sama say?”
During the lunch break, the discussion resumed as they spread out their lunch next to the flower bed of the gardening club.
After a moment of hesitation, Shirata muttered while blushing slightly. Since her skin is naturally pale, it was easy to notice when it turned red.
“…Why aren’t you wearing a… swimsuit?”
Upon hearing these words, Kozue Ibuki held her head and looked up to the heavens with great exaggeration.
“Ahー Ouji-sama is also a boy after all.”
“Hey. Stop saying ‘after all‘!”
Shirata puffed her cheeks, and Kozue brought the omelet close to her lips to get her in a good mood.
“Aーumh… Ah, the omelet is delicious.”
“Hahahaha. Isn’t it? I made it myself after my mom taught me.”
“Heh, that’s good for you.”
“So, did Ouji-sama have a part-time job today?”
“No, he doesn’t. He only works every Monday and Wednesday.”
“S-Sca~ry, stalker girl.”
“Do you want me to hit you?”
Before Shirata could continue, Kozue was already tapping her shoulder with a carefree attitude..
“Well, well. No boy would dislike being stalked by Kirika Shirata, the Snow White Who Never Sleeps.“
“You’re funny. You’re still saying that.”
“Then let’s go see your Ouji-sama today. I’ll get his contact information for you.”
Ibuki Kozue gives a blank stare to Shirata who immediately refuses.
“So you can ask him by yourself? Uh-oh.”
“Of course I can… ask him… but you know…”
That said, she pondered for a moment.
She could only have a limited interaction with him twice a week, if she went to his workplace by pretending to come by coincidence or after her work on the way home.
Suddenly, with a flash of inspiration, she clapped her hands and turned her sparkling eyes to Ibuki.
“Maybe I should work at the same store with him!?”
“That whole idea is basically like stalking.”
“Ah, there you go again! So Kozue, got any better ideas?”
“Un. Of course I do. Where’s Ouji-sama’s school?”
“It’s Tamagaya. Metropolitan Tamagaya High School. Second year, class D. Attendance number two.”
She turned a dumbfounded look to Shirata as she swiftly operated her phone.
“I mean, if you’re doing that sort of stuff, I would expect that at least you already know his contact information. Don’t you think so too?”
Without waiting for Kirika Shirata’s reply, she put on her phone’s earpiece and started talking.
“Oh, hello? I’d like to ask you a question. Did anyone from our junior high school go to Tamagaya? Ah, you mean Tanu-tan. Do you have her contact info? Please ask her if I can go there now. I’ll be there. Yeah, thanks.”
When the call ended, Ibuki Kozue smiled at her.
“I have a friend that goes to Tamagaya, so I’m going to meet with her today.”
“Eh一 by yourself!?”
“That’s right. Honestly I’m afraid of going there alone by myself. I wonder if someone will come with me.”
She pretended to be nervous and waited for Shirata’s reaction. Shirata smiled shyly and raised her hand slightly.
“…I guess it can’t be helped.”
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